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‘The Favourite’ Dominates Bafta Nominations

‘The Favourite’ Dominates Bafta Nominations

LONDON — “The Favourite,” a dark comedy about palace scheming under Queen Anne in 18th-century Britain, received 12 nominations on Wednesday for the EE British Academy Film Awards, five more than any other film.

Its nominations for the British equivalent of the Oscars, commonly known as the Baftas, include best film. It will compete for that prize against “Roma,” “A Star Is Born,” “BlacKkKlansman” and “Green Book.”

“Green Book,” a critically divisive road movie about race relations, was the surprise winner at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, winning best picture for a musical or comedy.

“The Favourite” received rave reviews on its release in Britain and its three stars, Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, all received nominations as did the director, Yorgos Lanthimos. Colman won the Golden Globe for best actress in a musical or comedy, one of the film’s five nominations.

[Read The New York Times’s review of “The Favourite.”]

Colman, who plays Queen Anne in the film, faces competition for best leading actress from Lady Gaga for “A Star Is Born,” Glenn Close for “The Wife,” Viola Davis for “Widows” and Melissa McCarthy for “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

“Bohemian Rhapsody,” the biopic about Freddie Mercury of the rock band Queen that won best drama at the Golden Globes, received seven Bafta nominations, including Rami Malek for best leading actor. The other nominees for best actor are Bradley Cooper for “A Star Is Born,” Christian Bale for “Vice,” Viggo Mortensen for “Green Book” and Steve Coogan for “Stan & Ollie.”

Alfonso Cuarón is nominated for best director for “Roma,” a category he won at the Golden Globes. He will compete against Lanthimos, Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlansman”), Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”) and the Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski, whose film “Cold War,” about a torrid love affair across borders after World War II, has been a hit in Europe.

The Baftas are often considered a rough bellwether for the Academy Awards because there is some overlap between the 6,500 voting members of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, which hosts the Baftas, and the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences who vote for the Oscars.

Last year, Guillermo del Toro was named best director at the Baftas for “The Shape of Water” before winning the same award at the Oscars. Gary Oldman also won best actor at both ceremonies, for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour,” while Frances McDormand won best actress at both for her role in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

The winners of this year’s Baftas will be announced on Feb. 10 at a ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Joanna Lumley, the British actress and activist, will host for the second consecutive year.

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